RFC 33: Proving Grounds Recap and Results

RFC 33: Proving Grounds Recap and Results


RFC 33: Proving Grounds Recap and Results

            Florida’s longest running promotion hit Tampa Bay yet again for their 33rd installment promptly titled “Proving Grounds”. The event took place at the DoubleTree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, FL.

            RFC 33 was hit my numerous injury bugs, but nonetheless pressed forward to deliver six action packed fights. Owned by Joe Valdez and backed by a team led by Chris Bigboy, the RFC has led the way for many years setting the foundation for the Florida MMA scene. RFC 33 kept that foundation firm as the 12 fighters that stepped in the cage Saturday night are all among the top bright young talent that the Southeast has to offer.

            Fight #1 was a 135lb bout between two promising fighters. Rory Every, of The Armory, defeated Devin Rodriguez, of Team Darkside, by way of 1st round Guillotine. The 2nd bout of the evening saw Light Heavyweights Muhammed MoMuscle De’Reese, of Fight Sports Daytona, defeat Mike Miller, of Team Riot, by a Technical Submission (Guillotine) in the 1st round. Miller was unable to tap out due to being put to sleep. The 3rd bouts of the evening saw the Gracie Brandon product, Avery McPhatter, defeat Mark Inge, of ATT, by a 1st round Rear Naked Choke at a weight of 185lb.

            Fight #4 was an all-out war in the 155lb division between Vince McGuinness, of Gracie Tampa West, and Michael D’Angelo, of D’Angelo MMA. McGuinness won the fight by Unanimous Decision. The co-main event was a highly anticipated fight between two exceptional young fighters in the 145lb division. Luis Zequeira, of World Class Martial Arts, has yet to be defeated at any level of his MMA career and that streak continued at RFC 33 with a highlight reel KO over Justin Kerlin, from The Armory. Both fighters are indeed top prospects to keep an eye on. The main event featured two of Florida’s top Lightweight fighters battling for the Florida State Lightweight title. David Mundell, of Gracie Tampa West, captured the title in a show stopping war with Brad “The Ax Man” Taylor, of Team Arsenal, which Mundell won by Unanimous Decision.

RFC 34 is set for July.

More information can be found at www.rfcmma.com.

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(Photo courtesy of Robert Richards)

Photo of RFC owner Joe Valdez with David Mundell.

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